Thanks! Not much stick time. Two 5 day trips down the lower salmon rowing a friends 14’ RMR round boat hauling the plenty of gear and the rest of my family. Definitely not a lot of stick time, but I only practiced for bout 10 minutes on my local river with that boat unloaded before my buddy gave me the green light to use it. Things went pretty smoothly. Didn’t get out of position once. I was just following my buddy, so I just mirrored what he did. I’ve supped the MF salmon at 4.5 feet, and yeah, I’m not taking this beast down that river until I get some more experience. I just really love the lower salmon, since it’s not too far away and doesn’t require luck to draw a permit.Awesome purchase. That rig will haul a bunch of gear and it will totally do what you have in mind. Your plans for drop bags etc are right on as is you instinct to ditch those friggin chairs. WTF are those??? How much stick time do you have? That’s a big boat and a lot to handle especially in wind so take it out and get used to it before you do a Selway or MF or any class 3 + for that matter. Enjoy, that’s a bad ass unit.
Thanks. I’ve been thinking about doing something similar. My frame is 120” long, so I think I have enough room to sit on a cooler or dry box have a small empty bay behind me for my wife and kids to out their feet in while sitting on a bench. From back to front I’m thinking everything bag, drop bag under bench, passenger foot bay, dry box/seat, tower foot bay, cooler, drop bag. That’s 7 bays … kind of crazy. If I deleted one of the bays in front of me, would I be too far forward?It is less conventional but I row my cougar from the front sitting on a dry box, with an open bay behind me, then a chair where my wife sits and contains our young one. We have a solid wood floor and side rail decks to keep him contained. Works well for us.